Floodwaters and Flames: The 1913 Disaster in Dayton, Ohio

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March 25, 1913, began as a typical day in Dayton, Ohio. Downtown bustled with streetcars, carriages, and automobiles. By 8:10 a rush of water from the Great Miami River flooded the city. Desperate people climbed trees and telephone poles to escape the torrent. For days, people were stranded, cut off from the outside world.
Experience the Great Dayton Flood through the eyes of those who lived it. Today the storm that caused the flood and devastated Dayton and communities across the country is largely forgotten. But the residents of Dayton resolved never to suffer such a disaster again. Their heroic response became a model for how we prepare for and recover from natural disasters.

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Lois Miner Huey is an archaeologist for the state of New York. She has written nonfiction articles and books for kids, many of which focus on archaeology. She lives near Albany, New York.

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Gr 4-6-After an Easter ice storm with winds up to 90 miles per hour, two days of rain overwhelmed a levee on the Great Miami River, which rushed into Dayton, OH, at 25 miles per hour, flooding a 14-square-mile area. Though the 1913 disaster is not widely remembered today, the deluge and associated fires destroyed 20,000 homes and claimed more than 400 lives. In this time line-driven narrative, Huey shifts the perspective frequently among several survivors, including a city librarian, who scrambled to save thousands of children's books, and prominent Daytonians such as aviation pioneer Orville Wright and John Patterson, founder of the National Cash Register corporation. But perhaps the most fascinating figure is Bill Sloan, a pitcher with the Dayton Marcos who worked in a local foundry during the off-season. Sloan commandeered a boat at gunpoint and spent 60 hours rescuing more than 300 people stranded by the flood. Striking contemporaneous photos show floodwaters reaching to the rafters of homes in the city's less affluent neighborhoods and horses swimming past half-submerged streetlights downtown. The text includes a page of source notes, though nearly two-thirds of them refer to a single monograph. VERDICT Despite some interesting features, in the wake of more recent and devastating disasters, particularly Hurricane Katrina, this offering could be a difficult sell.-Bob Hassett, Luther Jackson Middle School, Falls Church, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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